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Mr. Williams is Well Suited

Sep 28th, 2010 | Categories: Magazines, Suiting, TV | by Michael Williams

There is a great suit story in the October issue of GQ that was shot by Ben Watts and features none other than Michael Kenneth Williams, who is starring as Chalky White in HBO’s epic new series Boardwalk Empire. Seeing Williams in a suit (in GQ and on Boardwalk Empire) is a departure from the five seasons he spent as the rogue shotgun-toting badass Omar Little in HBO’s other great series The Wire. The most dressed up we ever saw Omar in The Wire was when McNulty took him to Men’s Warehouse (and later abandoned him) for Bird’s trial. Getting back to Boardwalk Empire, the costuming and sets are big budget movie quality and are like nothing I have ever seen. My only complaint is that Mr. Williams (who I should point out has the exact same first, middle and last name as me) doesn’t get enough screen time.

These GQ celebrity suit stories always seem to turn out great and are something I look forward to in the magazine. John Slattery had a similar story in the August 2008 issue, which I also liked a lot. But this Ben Watts x Williams feature takes the three piece suit to a whole new level. Well played all around. You can see the whole story here.

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The Interview | The Rake

May 11th, 2009 | Categories: Magazines, Media, Style | by Michael Williams

These days, the sad reality is that print magazines are dropping like flies. I for one appreciate the tactile sense of seeing words and photos beautifully laid out on printed paper. I also appreciate the irony of me saying that through my blog via your computer monitor. The good news is, while print is retracting it certainly is not dead. And with the recent launch of the men’s magazine The Rake, there is actually reason to be excited. I got an opportunity not long ago to pose a few questions to The Rake editor Mr. Christian Barker about what exactly makes The Rake tick. Our Q&A after the jump.

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Steve McQueen in Sports Illustrated

Mar 24th, 2009 | Categories: Americana, Magazines, Motorcycles | by Michael Williams

It might just have to be all motorcycles all week. I certainly get fixated on a subject from time to time, but this was too good to not post. While researching On Any Sunday I read a few things about this 1971 issue of Sports Illustrated with Steve McQueen on the cover. Next thing you know, my copy from eBay arrived at my door in amazing condition. So I thought it would be good to scan the article for your reading pleasure. There is a great little story about dirt bikes and Dennis Hopper on page 61 that is worth checking out. I could only imagine what it would be like to run into those guys on the street.

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Just the Facts Please

Dec 19th, 2008 | Categories: Japan, Magazines, Style | by Michael Williams

I like the way the magazines work in Japan. The focus is generally on still-life product pages and not on cluttering up the layout with pesky stories. I had a chance to make it to the bookstore and pick up some new magazines from Japan. Since I am feeling crunchy these days, I really enjoyed the outdoor product pages in GO OUT. A lot of The American List brands are represented throughout the book. Enjoy!

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Gratuitous Photos of Jennifer Aniston

Dec 12th, 2008 | Categories: Magazines | by Michael Williams

This morning I awoke to photos of the beautiful Ms. Aniston in my inbox. Seems the people at GQ had sent them over just to torture me. As a response I have done the only logical thing I could think of — turn the torment on you. The reaction to my photos of Ms. Connelly the other day was mixed (for the record, I stand convinced that she has great legs), but there is no arguing with Jennifer. The January cover has taken patriotic to a whole new level.

Just a few further thoughts:

  • God bless GQ and Michael Thompson
  • That’s a Black Fleece tie on the cover, not that anyone will notice the tie
  • You can read the interview here
  • Screw buying the famous Obama issue of The New York Times, buy the January issue of GQ and lock it up for prosperity
  • Those pictures get bigger if you click on them…

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Feeling Patriotic and Presidential

Dec 5th, 2008 | Categories: Magazines, Media | by Michael Williams

If three makes a trend, two down and one to go. Seems W and Vanity Fair are feeling patriotic presidential this month with Tina Fey and Blake Lively cloaked in the stars and stripes. The choice here is obvious, but I will say that I enjoy Tina Fey on 30 Rock. I think Blake has a TV show too, although I could be wrong. These covers remind me of this.

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From the Free & Easy Archive

Nov 21st, 2008 | Categories: Japan, Magazines, Media | by Michael Williams

The August, 2007 issue of Free & Easy includes one of my all time favorite articles from the Japanese publication, a buyers guide for dogs. I can see someone like New York Magazine doing this sort of feature (actually my pal Rosecrans wrote a much more logical piece on the topic in 2007), but not with the endearing absurdity that only Free & Easy can produce. After seeing this issue it became clear to me that the magazine is just a guide-book to living like an American. That was also the same day that Free & Easy — with all its quirkiness — became my all time favorite magazine, after Vitals of course.